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Thursday, January 31, 2019
The Bay of Plenty will soon be a cyclist haven as Sport Bay of Plenty’s Bike Month rolls around for its eighth year. Featuring more than 50 epic events there is something for everyone to try across the Bay.
Two Cycle Savvy courses will be running in Tauranga over Bike Month to help you brush up on your bike handling and cycling safety skills. Each course is delivered over three weeks, with practical sessions 90 minutes in duration. Spaces are limited so recruit a buddy and sign up today via the website if you wish to enhance you bike handling skills and confident cycling in traffic.
Across in the Eastern Bay of Plenty there are ample activities to have fun on bikes for the whole whānau. Bike fun days will be held in Whakatane, Opotoki and Murupara or you could get your crew together for a scenic cruise, taking in the stunning vistas of the East Coast while checking out the Opotiki Dunes and Motu cycle trials.
Rotorua residents also have plenty to look forward to this bike month with guided rides on offer from Te Papa Takaro o Te Arawa and Mohawk E Bike Tours. Enhance your local knowledge as you visit sites of historical and tribal significance on the Lake Heritage Ride or enjoy the splendour of the Whakarewrewa forest with Joe and his crew on the E-bike Explorer.
Taking part in any of the events above is a great way to get involved in the Aotearoa Bike Challenge. Now in its third year, the Aotearoa Bike Challenge is a ‘have a go’ cycling challenge open to all clubs, groups and businesses across New Zealand. To complete the challenge sign up and log a 10 minute ride, for your 10 minutes of effort you will also automatically go in the draw to win some great prizes how fantastic is that! To sign up or re register head to www.lovetoride.net/bop.
Thanks to the generosity of our local sponsors will also be rewarding those of you with a competitive streak through our local weekly Aotearoa Bike Challenge prize draws. Categories include top encouragers, top new riders, top commuters, top kilometres and top trips. Although the challenge is set at one 10 minute ride, the more your ride or encourage others to ride the more chances you have to win rad things like restaurant vouchers, movie passes, local experiences and more!
Think of Sport Bay of Plenty as your cycle support crew for this years challenge so if you have any curly questions or just want to find out more, make sure to get in touch. For full details of all events around the Bay of Plenty check out out Bike Month website or get in touch with your local recreation advisor.
Lauren Atkinson- Central Bay of Plenty Recreation Advisor 027 269 2730
Cathy Bell- Eastern Bay of Plenty Recreation Advisor 027 702 2148
Andrew Thorpe - Community Cycling Co-ordinator 022 413 7295
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